Today's Opinions

  • Use Facebook to help sheriff

    Fayette County residents now have another way to help law enforcement get wanted criminal offenders off the streets, something they can do while reading posts on Facebook.
    Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith recently began listing active warrants on his department’s Facebook page, in addition to having his officers make special efforts to serve warrants.
    Thus far, Smith’s idea of using social media has been working out well.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Fire gutted Claudia’s clothing store in downtown Vandalia on Monday, Jan. 15.
    Kendra Sanders, the 1989 Miss Fayette County Fair, was vying for Miss Illinois County Fair Queen title at the state competition in Springfield.
    Dr. Larry Oder was president of the Fayette County Hospital medical staff.
    The Rev. Steve Diehl was the new minister at First Baptist Church, Vandalia.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Scrambler: eth rtsow rpknbuta ni eht rldow si eth nma ohw sah sotl sih smheutinsa.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Our strength grows out of our weakness

  • Vandalia Memories

    Betsy Brannon Mills uploaded this team photo of the 1963 Vandals, who were undefeated conference champions, from the Vandalois.

  • Poussardin a big part of local history

    He was addressed as “French John” or “Captain,” and although you will not find John Poussardin’s name recorded in local lore, he is as much a part of Vandalia history as more well-known men.

  • No progress on filling city post

    More than five months after the Vandalia City Council voted to again hire a city administrator, there’s been no movement toward taking that action.
    We were reminded of the lack of progress on that front on Monday night, when Alderman Neil Clark said that the city is pulling in enough revenue from gaming devices in town to pay the salary for a city administrator.
    Vandalia has been without a city administrator since February 2010, when Jimmy Morani left for a similar job in another community.

  • Body cams are useful tools

    Drug offenders in Fayette County have made it possible for law enforcement officers to now be equipped with a piece of equipment that can greatly aid in the prosecution of others.
    Fayette County State's Attorney Joshua Morrison has used monies obtained through drug seizures to buy body cams for officers throughout the county.
    Those units will record footage of numerous types of criminal investigations, including those for suspected drunk drivers and those alleging domestic abuse.

  • The true story about Lincoln's jump

    While looking through back issues of The Ramsey News-Journal, I came across an article in the Aug. 8, 1939, issue submitted by Will F. Jordan of Pana. The writer had spent some time in the log cabin home of George Jackson of Carson Township and wished to share his experience with his neighbors.
    He wrote, “Down in what is known as ‘the sticks’ in Carson Township, Fayette County, is located the humble but hospitable old cabin home of George Washington Jackson, retired farmer.